Average Pastor Salary

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The average salary for a Pastor is $49,859.
MEDIAN $49,859
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$27k - $78k
$502 - $19k
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$511 - $18k
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$27k - $78k

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Job Description for Pastor

Pastor Tasks
  • Conduct worship ceremonies and give sermons.
  • Teach through precept and by example.
  • Promote the Church and its mission through spiritual leadership and as-needed consultation.
  • Conduct weddings, funerals, and other services.
The top respondents for the job title Pastor are from the companies Baptist Church, Christian Church and Presbyterian Church. Reported salaries are highest at Presbyterian Church where the average pay is $62,541. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Bible Church and Lutheran Church, earning around $61,272 and $57,484, respectively. Baptist Church pays the lowest at around $45,334. Christian Church and First Baptist Church also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $47,500 and $54,000, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Pastor

Skills in Public Speaking and Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Worship Planning and Leading, Administration and Counseling.

Pay by Experience Level for Pastor

An entry-level Pastor with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $40,336 based on 180 salaries. An early career Pastor with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $43,300 based on 729 salaries. A mid-career Pastor with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $48,604 based on 989 salaries. An experienced Pastor with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $52,342 based on 1,428 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $53,780.
Employees with Pastor in their job title in Los Angeles, California earn an average of 20.2% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Seattle, Washington (17.5% more) and Charlotte, North Carolina (15.2% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Chicago, Illinois (3.9% less).

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